Strange Sea Creature on Brazilian Beach

stp42Published: January 2, 2014863,757 views
Published: January 2, 2014

Guys spot weird sea creature on a beach in Brazil, so they decide to take a close shot at it. Looks like a jellyfish, but it's not. It's actually the Atlantic Portuguese man o' war (Physalia physalis), also known as the man-of-war, blue bottle, or floating terror.

It's a marine hydrozoan of the family Physaliidae found in the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Its venomous tentacles can deliver a painful (and sometimes fatal) sting. Despite its outward appearance, the Portuguese man o' war is not a jellyfish but a stereophonic, which, unlike jellyfish, is not actually a single multi cellular organism, but a colonial organism made up of specialized individual animals called zooids or polyps.

These polyps are attached to one another and physiologically integrated to the extent that they are unable to survive independently, and therefore have to work together and function like a so-called individual animal. Doesn't it look amazing?

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